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  1. #1
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    Default Can powdered sugar be used to feed bees?

    I may have a cheap source of powder sugar that can not be sold for human uses due to a problem with the packaging, but the powder sugar is ok. I was told that 3% cornstarch is mixed in for flow control and wounder if that will bother the bees. Anyone have words of wisdom?
    Last edited by BeeJellis; 09-05-2010 at 11:22 AM. Reason: fix title

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    Default Re: Can powdered sugar be used to feed bees?

    I do not know if cornstarch would hurt the bees. I am wondering if there would be a way to filter out the cornstarch after the sugar has dissolved. I am thinking of using something like a coffee filter. Maybe a test could be done on a small amount and see if any cornstarch remains in the filter. Or maybe someone else reading this has tried something that they could share.
    Last edited by spieker; 09-05-2010 at 04:08 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: Can powdered sugar be used to feed bees?

    It is not a good Winter feed unless they can take plenty of cleansing flights for the diarrhea it gives them.

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    Default Re: Can powdered sugar be used to feed bees?

    I wouldn't use it for feed, but great for dusting the bees.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Can powdered sugar be used to feed bees?

    Nope, I would not.

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    Smile Re: Can powdered sugar be used to feed bees?

    I threw in a pound of powder sugar on the top board of into some of my hives just because....
    do I need to go in there and bail it out?

    I also threw in about 4 pounds of bee candy and there is syrup on the hives as well. i am in north carolina with decent weather.

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